Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association Records
Scope and Contents
The Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association Records include administrative and historical documents from the Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association as well as over 900 color slides and approximately 200 photographs. The documents include by-laws, meeting minutes, historical sketches, and oversize plat maps of the neighborhood.
The photographs and slides mostly depict activities of Ravenswood Gardens residents Emil and Meta Dasing and their daughter Olive Dasing. There are also images of neighborhood homes, street scenes, public transportation, and a local school and religious institution. The images were mostly taken by Emil Dasing.
- Creation: 1915-1981, 1994, undated
- Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
Ravenswood Gardens is a neighborhood located in the southwest corner of the Lincoln Square community area, on the east bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River. The Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association split from the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association in 1944 and was incorporated in 1961. They defined their boundaries as the CTA elevated tracks on the north, Rockwell Street on the east, Sunnyside Avenue on the south and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the west.
In their by-laws, the RGHA identified four main purposes for their organization: to maintain the one-family dwelling character of the neighborhood; to encourage the maintenance and imporovement of the neighborhood's homes and public spaces; to promote the renovation or replacement of obsolete community structures and facilities; and to initiate and carry out programs to support the first three goals.
The RGHA organized various activities in support of their goals, including clean-up drives, block parties, and anti-crime programs. They appear to have been active until at least the early 2000s.
4 Linear Feet (in 7 boxes (including approximately 900 slides) and approximately 200 photographs, plus 3 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
Ravenswood Gardens is a neighborhood located in the southwest corner of the Lincoln Square community area, on the east bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River. The collection includes administrative and historical documents from the Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association and over 900 color slides and 200 photographs mostly taken by Ravenswood Gardens resident Emil Dasing.
Arranged in 2 series:
Series 1: Organizational Records, 1915-1994
Series 2: Slides and Photographs, 1940-1971
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association began donating material in 1984 through its president Bette Bleeker. Barbara Landau, who purchased the residence formerly owned by longtime RGHA member Emil Dasing, donated material in 1985. Pat Eitel and Bette Bleeker each donated material in 1986. Additional material was found in the collection and added to the records in 2023.
- Guide to the Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association Records
- Processed by Becky Haglund, 1985. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2023.
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- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository
Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60625 United States